More people marry but fewer being born

This year the number of marriages has grown, while the number of newborns has fallen, according to provisional demographics data of the Central Statistics Office (CSB).

During the first six months of 2015 there were 4,765 marriages registered - that's 544 marriages or 13% more than during the same period a year ago. The number of people giving their vows has increased steadily in the last four years, from 10,800 in 2011 to 12,500 in 2014.

Even though the first quarter of 2015 saw an increase in the birth rate, the second quarter saw the rate decrease.

Altogether 10,511 babies were born in the first six months of 2015, which is 147 or 1.4% fewer than a year ago. 

The population of Latvia on July 1 was, according to the provisional results of the CSB, 1.978 million. 

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